A1 Team Malaysia rises to the challenge A1 Team Malaysia completed another challenging day at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China with the team pulling out all the stops to grab a top ten starting position for the Feature race....
A1 Team Malaysia rises to the challenge
A1 Team Malaysia completed another challenging day at the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China with the team pulling out all the stops to grab a top ten starting position for the Feature race. Driver Alex Yoong and the team of mechanics and engineers representing the nation in this unique country versus country racing championship contested technical problems as well as their competitors today. At the conclusion of the day the Malaysian team's efforts resulted in a 17th place start for the Sprint race and 8th place for the Feature race.
The challenges of running a 550 horse power racing car with state of the art advanced technology were reinforced again today for the team with further technical issues limiting the amount of running that Yoong was able to complete in the morning session. After an initial run, Yoong reported concerns about the car's performance. Once the team had diagnosed the problem they quickly made repairs and Yoong was able to return to the track later in the session, finally completing 22 laps before the chequered flag signalled the end of the hour practice.
In afternoon qualifying the Malaysian team opted to use their used set of tyres in the first segment of qualifying, so were lying in 18th place after the first run. Yoong improved on his lap time in the second run to finish 17th fastest overall of the two segments, the position he will take for tomorrow's Sprint race.
In the final two segments the best lap times are used to set the Feature race grid. Yoong, although struggling with straight line speed despite having little wing, managed to put in his fastest lap of the race and raced into eighth place in the overall times for the Feature race, for a fourth row start.
Yoong said of the day, "I'm happy with the car, the team and our efforts, but it seems that our straight-line speed wasn't matching up to our rivals today. We're not sure why, particularly as we were running very little wing, but we'll be analysing the data, checking through all the various factors that can influence this and hopefully we'll be able to address this before tomorrow. I'm expecting at least two top ten finishes tomorrow. That's a big challenge for the Sprint race from our starting position, and we'll be looking to exceed this expectation in the Feature race."
Jack Cunningham, A1 Team Malaysia Chief Executive, added, "I'm very proud of the team's determination and throughout this weekend they've shown their resolve and really pulled together and this culminated with a strong effort for the Feature race. We're disappointed to be starting so far back on the grid for the Sprint race, but we're not too disheartened. Statistics show that starting position doesn't have to be an obstacle to a top ten finish, so we'll certainly be aiming high for tomorrow. Once again, it's been a few minor technical issues that have shaped our fortunes so far this weekend, but these are now behind us and we'll be looking for points."
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, Zhuhai, China concludes tomorrow with the two A1GP races. The hard and fast Sprint race begins at 11am and the main Feature race which includes two mandatory pitstops is a real test of driver, team and machine. This starts at 3pm.